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Avenue Q  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
 
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." It tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory  
Ford Oriental Theatre Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
 
Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Chicago's golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Entertainment Weekly raves "Broadway's Big Treat" and NPR exclaims "You'll have a ball!"

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Tootsie  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Tootsie
 
The world premiere comedy musical, TOOTSIE, tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime.

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UniverSoul Circus  
Washington Park UniverSoul Circus
 
A big-top spectacle of global proportions featuring the best artists from around the world, the 2018 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobatics, back-flipping canines, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and much, much more. It's hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, and now you can catch this spectacular show -- which is celebrating 25 years of fun under the big top -- when it raises its tent in Washington Park.

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Angela of Death  
Annoyance Theatre Angela of Death
 
Angela of Death is a dark musical comedy revolving around hapless teenager, Angela Ostrowski. As her high-school career comes to an end, her reputation is marred by the sudden, inexplicable deaths of her exes. Rumors begin to swirl and tensions mount among students and staff alike, and Angela comes to terms with her apparent curse; all while trying to date like a "normal" high-schooler. Originally performed at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre in 2014, this 2018 revival features a fresh case, new music and a few other surprises.

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The Artificial Jungle  
Stage 773 The Artificial Jungle
 
Things at The Artificial Jungle, the dilapidated pet store owned by mild-mannered Chester Nurdiger, are pretty routine. The devoted Mother Nurdiger does her best to give her son everything he needs, but there are some things a mother just can't provide. Chester's wife, the sultry and stifled Roxanne Nurdiger, is as restless as one of the hamsters in a cage, and when Zachary Slade, a mysterious drifter enters the picture, passions run wild. Roxanne and Zachary have the perfect plan to get rid of Chester and live the life Roxanne craves.

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Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."

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Black and Blue  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Black and Blue
 
Davoe Sexton and Jayson Rabedeau patrol the notorious neighborhood on Chicago's long-neglected south-east side. The area is known to locals as "Terror Town." As veteran cops who "happen to be Black," these men must navigate the streets, the policies of policing and the deeply conflicted roles that they play in the lives of those that they are supposed to "serve and protect." Set in 2016, these officers find themselves at ground zero when long-suppressed evidence surfaces, illuminating an officer-involved shooting on the very streets that they patrol. Over the course of a single day, these officers must confront the most corrosive questions that face African-American officer. Are they Black? Are they Blue? Or are they a volatile mix of Black and Blue? This gripping, timely drama hits the Downstairs Studio stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.

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Borealis  
Chopin Theatre Borealis
 
When a redacted and ominous letter arrives from her brother on the oil fields, thirteen-year-old Cozbi sets off for Anwar, Alaska to find him. Armed with a book on corporate communication strategy and a sharp axe, Cozbi battles her way through an Arctic wilderness in pursuit of her missing brother, squaring off against a host of monstrous Ass-Hats on each rung of the corporate ladder. Part mythic journey, part workplace satire, the play is a darkly comic adventure about family obligation, career aspiration, and what we leave behind to make our way to the top.

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A Chorus Line  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Chorus Line
 
A stunning theatrical classic that captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway audition. Exploring the lives and poignant ambitions of professional chorus dancers; those overly dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers. A Chorus Line takes the audience through the final grueling audition for a new Broadway musical. The show features one powerhouse number after another including “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.” Song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama are fused brilliantly in this nine time Tony Award winner. A Chorus Line captivates heartstrings until the final casting choices are made and the question of why we do anything of value is answered: for love.

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Come 'n Go  
Factory Theater Come 'n Go
 
Based on a true story, Come 'n Go is a romantic comedy about two sisters questioning their tumultuous love lives. Set in a dive bar just outside O'Hare airport, they meet a group of single men who share their insights on the world of dating. This inspires one of the sisters to write a book uncovering the secrets of the male heart and mind. On this love and laughter-filled journey, the women also uncover the truth about themselves, changing the course of their lives forever. The perfect date night, girls or guys night out!

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The Diary of Anne Frank  
Greenman Theatre The Diary of Anne Frank
 
The Diary of Anne Frank tells the true story of two Jewish families in Amsterdam, hiding from the Nazis during World War Two. Anne's diary is one of the most widely read books ever and has now been translated into over 70 languages. Kesselman's recent adaptation of the Diary was hailed by The New York Times as, "Undeniably moving. It shatters the heart," and Time magazine raved, "One of the year's ten best." Anne's chronicle of her time in hiding is a testament to the human spirit. Come see this moving story on stage this fall in Elmhurst at GreenMan Theatre.

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The Ding Dong  
McAninch Arts Center The Ding Dong
 
The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble kicks off their season with this fast-paced madcap farce. Described as "bubbly like a bottle of champagne," The Ding Dong or How the French Kiss, is sure to be a night out to remember! The New Yorker lauded this Mark Shanahan adaptation of Georges Feydeau's Le Dindon "a delightful update of this nineteenth-century classic!" See The Ding Dong in Glen Ellyn at McAnich Arts Center.

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Downstate  
Steppenwolf Theatre Downstate
 
In downstate Illinois four sex offenders share a group home where they must negotiate their place in a world that doesn't want them. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser-but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Bruce Norris pushes moral boundaries as it questions what happens when society deems anyone unworthy of forgiveness.

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Eclipsed  
Chicago Dramatists Eclipsed
 
Gurira's story is set during the midst of the Second Liberian Civil War and follows the captive 'wives' of a Commanding Officer in the rebel army. A teen girl has recently arrived and the wives protect and care for her in the dilapidated, one-bedroom shack the women share. Just as the new girl begins to adjust to life at the compound, their fragile sisterhood is thrown off balance when a wife returns from the battlefield, after having escaped the army camp to fight as soldier in the resistance. Struck by the realization that she may not have to resign herself to the grim reality of life in the compound, The Girl must choose whether to stay with the women who have done so much for her, or to join the freedom fighter and chart her own destiny as a soldier. With deep emotional strength, brutal honesty, and a surprising amount of humor, the women of Eclipsed fight to do something truly extraordinary: survive.

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Edge of Life  
Athenaeum Theatre Edge of Life
 
In Edge of Life, a doctor is caught in the middle of the debate between the right to die and the choice of a patient to live the remainder of their life on their own terms. This moving story examines the difficult and multifaceted decisions regarding the right to die, including loved ones, doctors, and patients facing the edge of life. See Joel Z. Cornfield's play in this production at Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.

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Flyin' West  
Stage 773 Flyin' West
 
Following the end of the Civil War, many former slaves took advantage of The Homestead Act and went West to build new lives for themselves and their families. Many of these homesteaders were black women who overcame tremendous odds to work their own land and make a place for themselves in an often harsh and forbidding environment. Set in 1898, Flyin' West is the story of some of these African-American female pioneers who settled, together, in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.

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Frankenstein  
Lifeline Theatre Frankenstein
 
After an unexpected death shatters her family, Victoria retreats into the darkest recesses of her psyche in search of a way forward. To find meaning in an impossible loss, she brings a terrible creation to life - one whose existence threatens all hopes for the future. Haunted and hunted at every turn, Victoria must endure a nightmare journey of the soul in a quest for survival. Grapple with the demons of grief and denial in this world premiere adaptation of the 1818 thriller by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

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The Front Page  
Oil Lamp Theater The Front Page
 
An irresistible comedy with thrills and derring-do set in the news room. Hildy wants to break away from journalism and go on a belated honeymoon. There is a jailbreak and into Hildy's hands falls the escapee as hostage. He conceals his prize in a rolltop desk and phones his scoop to his managing editor. Their job is to prevent other reporters and the sheriff from opening the desk and finding their story. Some hoodlums are enlisted to remove the desk, but they get mixed up with a Boy Scout troop and the mayor and a cleaning woman, among others. It's a whirlwind wrap up with Hildy finally making his breakaway. Catch The Front Page at Oil Lamp Theater.

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Gaslight District  
Second City Gaslight District
 
From aliens to the alienated, savage roasts to distorted boasts, The Second City e.t.c.'s 42 revue invites you along on a frenzied frolic that translates our modern world into the common language of laughter. Clear your mind, open your eyes and hail one wild rideshare to a place where the truth isn't just out there, it's waaaay out there.

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The God Committee  
Oil Lamp Theater The God Committee
 
The God Committee is the third in a trilogy of plays presented by Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater this year that represent stories about women told by women. Medicine, money and morality clash when the Heart Transplant Selection Committee of St. Patrick's Hospital has only minutes to decide which of three patients will receive a heart that has suddenly become available. A cross between Twelve Angry Men and ER, The God Committee takes you into the inner workings of a transplant program and a decision -- for both their candidates and their program -- that is a matter of life and death.

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Great Russian Nutcracker  
Rosemont Theatre Great Russian Nutcracker
 
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Chicagoland's Rosemont Theatre, spreading holiday joy and goodwill with its Dove of Peace tour. Inspired by the Bolshoi's 1957 version of Tchaikovsky's classic, the young Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the Land of Peace and Harmony, where the Dove takes Masha on a magical trip across the globe, introducing her to the rich and colorful cultures of the world. Filled with premier Russian dancers, larger-than-life nesting dolls, handmade costumes, young local dancers -- and even a falling snow effect -- this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the entire family, leaving kids "wide-eyed with delight" (The New York Times).

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Happy Endings  
Cornservatory Happy Endings
 
Once upon a time, a little theater on the north side of Chicago decided to wreck, ravage and rewrite every fairytale story we held dear in our childhood hearts. Happy Endings takes those beloved happily-ever-afters and shakes their moral grounds as the merry cast of performers guides you through an hour of drinking games and not-safe-for-Disney sketches. Grab your flagon of beer and head to The Cornservatory for this BYOB event. Corn Productions players will come to the rescue to revisit all your favorite childhood tales, complete with drinking games. You'll see everything from maidens being wooed in towers to Cinderella getting a makeover from the Fab Five to Belle and the Beast's post-nuptial lifestyle.

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Homos, Or Everyone In America  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Homos, Or Everyone In America
 
"Love is love" - but is navigating it any less complicated today? What does it mean to be in a committed relationship? Is monogamy just monotony? Told through interweaving glimpses into the life of an everyday couple unexpectedly confronted by a vicious crime, HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA is a fearless, funny, heart-on-its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together - or pull them apart.

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Indecent  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Indecent
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) tells the deeply moving story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance - a play about a forbidden lesbian romance that enchanted and outraged audiences. Inspired by true events, Indecent, is performed by an ensemble of seven actors and three musicians portraying more than 40 roles to chart an explosive moment in theatrical history and the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. Award-winner Gary Griffin (Hand To God, Fun Home) returns to Victory Gardens to direct this 2017 Tony Award-nominated play.

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The Infinite Wrench  
Neo-Futurists The Infinite Wrench
 
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.

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It's Only A Play  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway It's Only A Play
 
An hilarious send-up of show business and its often-bizarre practitioners, which uses the occasion of a disastrous opening night party to pile one wildly funny comic sequence upon another. IT'S ONLY A PLAY, by the author of such Broadway hits as RAGTIME and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, premiered off-off-Broadway at the Actors and Directors Theatre in 1982, was produced off-Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1986, and was revived on Broadway in the 2014-15 season, running for over nine months. "This show is without a doubt hilariously, sidesplittingly funny...These are among the funniest lines to roll off a stage in years...IT'S ONLY A PLAY deserves only a rave." -NY Times.

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Kiss Me Kate  
Prairie Lakes Theatre Kiss Me Kate
 
Kiss Me, Kate is Cole Porter's jazzy musical comedy about a former husband-and-wife acting team waging war against each other while trying to stage a production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Scenery-chewing director and actor Fred and his ex-wife Lilli are the quintessential "can't live with them, can't live without 'em" couple, complemented by the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. In its original 1948 production, Kiss Me, Kate won five Tony awards, including Best Musical. This production at Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes features classic Cole Porter numbers such as "So In Love," "Too Darn Hot," "Always True to You (In My Fashion)" and more.

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Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.

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Left Behind  
Annoyance Theatre Left Behind
 
Inspired by the best-selling series Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, this eschatological episode takes place in a freshly raptured town. The residents must lean on each other and form unlikely friendships (and romances) in order to defeat the divine entities behind the disappearances, and preserve the world for the future. Enjoy this musical interpretation of the Rapture at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre & Bar.

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Legally Blonde  
Paramount Theatre Legally Blonde
 
A member of UCLA's Delta Nu sorority, Elle has a seemingly perfect life and perfect future. All she needs is her boyfriend Warner to cement it with a proposal. But her dream life turns into a nightmare when Warner decides to break it off because she's not serious enough for him. As if! Heartbroken and in despair, Elle hatches a near-impossible plan to win him back: get into Harvard Law School. What? Like it's hard? A story of rising to a challenge and defying expectations, all while looking fabulous, Legally Blonde is the perfect way to push Paramount's eighth season into high gear and never let up.

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The Little Foxes  
Citadel Theatre Company The Little Foxes
 
Lillian Hellman's searing tale of family betrayal and corruption, set in Alabama in the year 1900. In it, Regina Hubbard Giddens connives against her brothers and husband for wealth and freedom within the confines of an early 20th-century society where fathers considered only sons as their legal heirs. This milestone in American theatre is a riveting unsentimental portrait of a bygone era that still holds timely resonance even today.

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The Lonesome West  
Raven Theatre The Lonesome West
 
Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father's house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without the most massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only Father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty squabblings spiral into vicious and bloody carnage.

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Lord of the Rings vs. Lord of the Flies  
Mary's Attic Lord of the Rings vs. Lord of the Flies
 
Two teams of Chicago-area writers battle it out over six rounds, performing original, funny, crazy, thoughtful short plays. Only one team will win the "vs." championship belt. This time around, the epic battle between Lord of the Rings and Lord of the Flies takes over Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's.

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The Magic Parlour  
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!

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Man of La Mancha  
Skokie Theatre Man of La Mancha
 
Inspired by the 17-century masterpiece Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, hilarious and heartbreaking, it celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes "The Impossible Dream," "I, Don Quixote" and "Dulcinea." Experience it live at Skokie Theatre.

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Masque Macabre  
Strawdog Theatre Masque Macabre
 
A dark and bloody thrill ride inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe - think Carrie meets Eyes Wide Shut. The handlers of a "bad boy" entrepreneur go to extremes to give him one last big bash before his past catches up to him. An explorative immersive theatre experience a la Sleep No More, guests travel from room to room throughout the space and follow stories of revenge and murder as they play out in real time.

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Mind Reader  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Mind Reader
 
"Get ready for an unforgettable evening," said Toland. "The audience is the cast, their thoughts are my props and their minds will be blown!" Audiences should prepare to take part in the show, as Toland attempts to get into their thoughts and reveal what they are thinking. "There are no weekly mentalism shows in the city right now, so I'm thrilled to bring an exciting new show to Chicago audiences every week," Toland added.

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Monger  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Monger
 
Written by Her Story Theater Founder and Producing Artistic Director Mary Bonnett, and directed by John Mossman, Co-Founder of The Artistic Home, MONGER follows a Chicago criminal defense attorney with a secret sex life who deals with his sensitive 16-year-old son's legal crisis on the day he takes a deposition from the mother of a murdered teenage sex trafficked victim. Bonnett's play uncovers the nationwide, anonymous brotherhood of men who use the Internet to find and compare notes on the women and underage girls they pay for sex. It also explores the toxicity of many of the prevailing notions of masculinity and how they contribute to an environment that allows these abuses to exist. Though the characters are composites of people Bonnett interviewed and the plot details are inspired by real-life events in Chicago. Bonnett's script includes actual posts from online chats among men engaged in this activity along with dialogue she imagined for the characters.

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Naked  
Trap Door Theatre Naked
 
A young woman in despair returns to Rome with little more than her suitcase - and a dark secret. Vulnerable and with a past, she encounters several men who push her to edge. Luigi Pirandello and his "Naked" heroine open up the debate about gender power dynamics amidst the powerful social and cultural mores with which the characters must contend.

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Nell Gwynn  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Nell Gwynn
 
Jessica Swale's bawdy comedy about a seventeenth-century actress whose quick wit and exceptional beauty propels her ascent from obscurity to notoriety as the mistress of King Charles II. The music- and dance-filled play took London audiences by storm when it debuted at Shakespeare's Globe followed by a celebrated run on the West End, where it garnered the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Director of the original London production Christopher Luscombe-a longtime associate artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company-helms the Chicago Shakespeare production,

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No Child...  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph No Child...
 
Named after the controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, No Child... seeks to shed a light on the deep inequalities in America's public education system and the multitude of ways it has failed our young people. Set inside the fictional Malcom X High School in the Bronx, No Child... follows Ms. Sun, a hopeful young teaching artist tasked with leading a boisterous class of sophomores in a performance of Timberlake Wetenbaker's Our Country's Good. Teaching theatre is not easy, and Ms. Sun must learn to navigate teenage angst, timid teachers and overworked administrators as she works to build a play and a community amongst her students.

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The Nutcracker  
Center For Performing Arts The Nutcracker
 
Featuring Tchaikovsky's enchanting score, a festive set and colorful costumes, the Salt Creek Ballet's Nutcracker introduces you to the young Clara and her hero, the Prince, as they embark on a magical journey, encountering toys that come alive, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A delightful holiday tradition for all ages, this production at the Governors State University Center for Performing Arts Theatre in University Park includes internationally recognized guest dancers and boasts a cast of 100 students from Salt Creek Ballet, ages 8 to 17. Salt Creek Ballet's Artistic Director Sergey Kozadayev trained at the famed Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Radio Golf  
Court Theatre Radio Golf
 
Real estate developer Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh, on a mission to revive his blighted childhood neighborhood. As Wilks confronts characters from the past, he is forced to question how pursuing change could put his neighborhood's history at risk.

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Scraps  
The Den Theatre Scraps
 
Follow Scraps on her journey of self-discovery and her effort to shed herself of the patchwork quilt that she is made of in order to become a more "normal" person. Using the setting of America's first fairy tale, this play explores racial and gender identity, and the myriad of people that make up the patchwork of this country. SCRAPS explores our capacity to love and our need to find intimacy through trust and friendship.

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Secrets and Illusions  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Secrets and Illusions
 
Join master illusionist and Winner of Penn & Teller: Fool Us Ivan Amodei on an epic journey to discover the secrets of life in his brand new stage show Secrets and Illusions. Set on the dark and deserted streets of Paris, you'll enter the legendary Louvre Museum, where an enchanting musical muse escorts you through galleries, while Ivan uncovers life's greatest mysteries deep inside the priceless works of art, one dazzling illusion at a time. Watch someone face their greatest fears. Witness a person track down love in the most unexpected place, and another discover how the Laws of Attraction helps them find their purpose in life -- might it be you? Boston Globe boasts it's "magic with a message." It's a 90-minute spectacular show which displays Ivan's signature style of thought-provoking vignettes, audience participation, and storytelling. Paired with his remarkable approach to illusion, it will ultimately inspire, encourage and motivate you to discover your purpose and your destiny. See it at Chicago's Victory Gardens Zacek McVay Theater.

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Shark Tank: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Shark Tank: The Musical
 
Ever watch the TV show Shark Tank and think, "That show would make a great musical!"? Well, your friends at The Annoyance did. A great cast of Annoyance regulars play your favorite sharks Mark, Daymond, Kevin, Lori, Barbara and Robert, along with all kinds of characters and their crazy pitches as they try to land a deal. Come to Chicago's The Annoyance Theatre & Bar with some good ideas, because you just might find that you're pitching, too!

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The Snow Queen  
Filament Theatre The Snow Queen
 
When her best friend Kai is lured to the wicked Snow Queen's palace, young Gerda embarks on an unexpected quest to the ends of the earth to save him. This epic story of courage and friendship across the wintry wonders of the North Pole and beyond will warm even the most frozen hearts with music, puppetry, and lots of theatrical magic.

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Swamp Baby  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Swamp Baby
 
Armand Aubigny, once a wealthy plantation owner, attempts to reclaim his upper-class birthright by presenting the green-skinned Swamp Baby at the 1904 World's Fair. Swamp Baby learns the secret of her unique appearance and uses her knowledge to trap Armand forever in the world of the freak. Exploitation and revenge are at the core of this fantastical tale. Get swept away by the freak show spectacle when Chicago-based playwright Aaron Carter's Swamp Baby hits the stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.

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Sweet Charity  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Sweet Charity
 
Spend a little time with SWEET CHARITY. The dance-filled, groovy musical comedy inspired by Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, SWEET CHARITY explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful, cool, mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman (Little Me, City of Angels, Barnum), sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields (Annie Get Your Gun, Seesaw, Redhead), and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, SWEET CHARITY captures all the energy, humor, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist. Features the songs "Big Spender," "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This," and "I'm a Brass Band."

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Tangles and Plaques  
Neo-Futurists Tangles and Plaques
 
Tangles & Plaques attempts to demystify the experience of dementia in the language of theatre-offering a vivid, poignant, participatory experience that is unique to each audience and different every performance. The ensemble interrogates the life and death of memories- how they persist, when they depart and the ways they distort over time.

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These Shining Lives  
Piven Theatre These Shining Lives
 
"This isn't a fairy tale, though it starts like one. It's not a tragedy, though it ends like one." The Radium Dial Company hired thousands of women to hand paint watch and clock faces, using a luminescent paint made partially from the radioactive element radium, which was being hailed at the time for its amazing healing properties. But the workers weren't told about the dangers. More than just casualties, Catherine Wolfe Donohue and her friends fight fiercely to hold the company accountable for its negligence. These Shining Lives is based on the true story of the 1920s & '30s "Radium Girls" from Ottawa, Illinois. See it at the Piven Theatre in Evanston.

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Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.

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Truman and the Birth of Israel  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Truman and the Birth of Israel
 
The man from Independence who ascended to the presidency after the death of FDR, Harry S. Truman is remembered as a feisty politician who would've filled his Twitter feed with famous remarks like, "You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog." But despite the foreign-policy turmoil he faced at the end of WWII and the beginning of the Cold War, this former Missouri farmer, WWI veteran and Democratic Senator risked it all to support the creation of an independent state of Israel. This Forum Productions play at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center explores how "Give 'em Hell" Harry altered the future of the Jewish people forever.

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WaistWatchers The Musical  
Royal George Theatre WaistWatchers The Musical
 
Grab your girlfriends and enjoy this hilarious and inspirational musical comedy that will leave you laughing so hard you'll burn more calories than you have all week. Come and dance in your seat or jump right in as WaistWatchers The Musical takes a hilarious and lighthearted look at four women dishing on food, diets, exercise, friendship, love and sex. Which one of the ladies is most like you? Carla: hitting the gym just so she can eat more chocolate and ice cream? Cheryl: aiming to relieve stress from work and keep looking good? Connie: Hitting the gym for the first time ever in order to feel sexy again? Cindy: Recently divorced and looking to tone up now that she's single and ready to mingle? Find out when this fun-filled musical comes to Chicago's Royal George Theatre.

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Warrior Class  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Warrior Class
 
When Assemblyman Julius Lee makes a bid for Congress, the ghosts of his college days come back to haunt him. Nothing reveals true colors like a sprint to the finish, when friends become enemies and allies can turn on a dime. Warrior Class is a political battle of race, romance, forgiveness, and debt. Award: TCG Edgerton New Play Prize

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We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time  
Goodman Theatre We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time
 
Growing up in an industrial English town, writer/performer David Cale escaped his parents' fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to birds in the animal hospital he built in a garden shed-until a tragedy changed everything. Lushly arranged songs and an intimate portrait of his mother-a charismatic woman trapped by her circumstances-unite in Cale's vivid testament of connecting to life when adversity is suddenly everywhere. With his "singular fusion of theater and performance art" (Chicago Tribune), Cale makes "reality and fantasy dissolve into stories as memorable as one's most vivid dreams" (The New York Times).

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